WENDRON Cricket and Football Club's fundraising appeal has surpassed their original £5,000 target.

After four weeks of fundraising via Crowdfunder to help with running costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club has managed to raise £6,055 from 55 donations.

The club set a goal of raising £5,000 by midday on May 26, with the club having raised £3,280 from 51 donations by the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19, with the largest individual donation of £450 coming from the football club's first team's fines money.

But with Sport England then agreeing to provide £2,500 of funding for the project – half of the original goal – this took the total money raised to £5,780.

The club set a revised target of £8,000 to raise by their May 26 deadline, and although they missed this target, they have still surpassed their original target of £5,000.

A message from the club to donors read: "It is the final day and we have met our target and more - thank you all so very much for donating, supporting and sharing. This will help our amazing club enormously."

With the current lack of income amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club set up a Crowdfunder appeal in April to raise much-needed funds.

The community club, which describes itself as one of the biggest, self-sustaining youth/adult/community set-ups in Cornwall, is home to three cricket teams, nine youth soccer teams, four men’s football teams, pool teams, darts teams and several village groups (euchre, bingo, pilates), and regularly hosts wedding reception facilities, mother/toddler groups, charity hosting events, live bands/comedy acts and community meal nights.

However, all of these income streams are currently on hold amid the UK's coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures.

In addition, the early end to the 2019/20 football season saw the club's first team miss out on eight home games worth of income, while the 2020 cricket season has been delayed and may not begin altogether.